Boeing To Scrap Sonic Cruiser
from the from-faster-to-cheaper dept
Perhaps it’s really a sign of the times, as Boeing going to announce plans to ditch their proposed “sonic cruisers” and focus on building a new, cheaper conventional airplane. It seems that everything these days is about doing things cheaper, instead of faster, so why should airplanes be any different? The sonic crusier was supposed to fly at faster speeds than conventional aircraft, with the idea being that airlines could cram more flights into each day. Now, however, with the airline industry struggling, they’re more interested in conventional planes that are simply cheaper to buy and operate. Some, however, think this is a short term view that Boeing is taking, and that the company has historically stayed strong by making big bets during downtimes that pan out when the economy picks up.